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driving and he is an unemployed home brewer. he told the smoking gun that he is the 1 that let the dash cam go on youtube. the police cruiser singer improvised at the end. instead of singing nothing really matters. he sang, nothing really matters even the rcmp. >> with that, he put on his glasses and awaited his removal. >> do you have to cuff me? physical violence is the least of my priorities. >> his priority is rhapsodizing like a bohemian. >> cnn, new york. >> the news continues next on cnn.
>> they are trying to find a last minute compromise to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff, respect senator olympia snowe is saying that it's a bigger sign of a bigger crisis. >> what is deeply troubling is you cannot get congress and the president to reach any agreement on anything. >> the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations in a few minutes. a 31-year-old woman has been charged with second degree murder as a hate crime in connection with a subway death in new york city. they identified the woman as erica ericamenendez in new york. the victim was a store owner and graphic designer.
witnesses described a womani pacing the platform and talking to herself before pushing the victim on the tracks as a train entered the stadium. the video shows a woman running from the scene. a airliner smashed into a highway in russia. four of the crew were killed, no passengers were on board and no one on the highway was injured. it was arriving when it over shot the run way. a lot of celebrating early this morning in portland, maine, the first same sex couple said i do under a new state law that took effect at midnight. they said it's surreal. maine, maryland and washington state all approved same-sex last month. gay marriage was legal in d.c. and six other states. >> heart breaking news for american families waiting to
adopt a child from russia. president putin has signed into law that americans cannot adopt russian children. it's said to be retaliation. in a few minutes we will talk about an atlanta family who are midway through the adoption process and are praying for a miracle. across india today, a nationwide protest took a new heart breaking direction, people across the country are out in angry droves calling for justice in the wake of a brutal gang rape, and then word spread that a victim, a 23-year-old woman died in the hospital. brought rapes have happened before, and a lot of change needs to take place for us to feel optimistic, i think, we have to firstly consider how we treat women from the day they are born.
how girl children are treated. it's a societal change that needs to take place, not more police or better laws or better implementation, all of it has to happen, but people have to look at girl children as equal to boy children. >> six men were being held on rape charges and now are charged with murder. this woman is under arrest, they say dawn wynn supplied weapons to a gunman that ambushed and killed firefighters. he shot the firefighters as they responded to a fire christmas eve, and the shooter then committed suicide. a turn for the better for former president george h. w. bush, he is in a regular room in a hospital out of intensive care in houston. let's go for the update. paul, what you do know? >> well, don, i talked to a bush
spokesman and they said the news is great and wonderful, as you pointed out, he is out of intensive care, and his spirits were lifted tremendously yesterday when he was serenaded by his long time friends the oakridge boys. the call was put out, they have been part of many celebrations for the bushes and in this instance they were all on vacation and they rallied together and got together in their nashville office and sang to him, with not just one but two songs, elvira and amazing grace. let's listen. >> let's do this one for you, you will remember this one. here we go. >>. ♪ amazing grace ♪ how sweet the sound ♪ that saved a wretch -- >> in a moment of levity one of the oakridge boys said, can you
hear us? and he said quite clearly and everyone laughed. his mood has been characterized as positive, he has not lost his sense of humor. he is speaking with clarity. he is out of intensive care, but no word yet on when he will be released from a houston hospital. >> sense of humor always good news. lawmakers staring down the deadline before we go over the fiscal cliff, they are trying to reach a deal on capitol hill. beautiful night in washington, recently compromise has ban dirty word in washington. so will the politicians ever see eye to eye? yes ka has more on the negotiations and where they stand right now. don, in washington, there's hope a deal can be cut in time to avert the fiscal cliff. on saturday, the president was at work here in the white house, but all eyes were on the senate where negotiators were trading
deal points in trying to reach an agreement. any bipartisan bill has to include a extension of unemployment benefits that would effect 2 million americans and an increase for taxes for the highest income workers. now, while that. negotiation is continuing, the president has asked senate majority leader, harry reed to prepare an alternative bill to have ready to put on the senate floor as early as sunday. that bill would raise taxes on households that earn $250,000 or more. that is a democratic proposal and you can expect that republicans would block it, so think of that less as a stop gap measure and more as a political move to sthift the failure of responsibility to the
republicans just as the nation approaches the hour of republic -- the hour of reckoning. >> the nation's capitol could see snow of 3-5 inches tonight. washington not alone, these pictures are from indiana, they are see issing more snow than the blizzard that hit earlier this week across the northeast. winter watches and warnings are in effect some areas of eastern massachusetts are getting blasted with more than 8 inches of snow. heart break for dozens of american families in the final stages of adopting a child from russia, a new law in the country bans adoption by americans, next we will talk abowith the family praying for a miracle. [ male announcer ] this is steve.
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remark able news on a story i told you about at 5:00, we had just been told that teresa nash, the mother of two missing georgia boys has been contacted by her sons. after our interview, the boys apparently called her and told her they were in austin texas. she made her plea right here on our show. >> the children, please call mommy, you know my phone number, i have taught you how to do it, if daddy doesn't have a phone, you can ask anybody you see, everybody you see has a phone, you can ask anybody, remember my number and call mommy's number, you can ask people in stores. you can ask people in the gas station, you can ask people anywhere you see, you need to call mommy and, and have a phone, they will help you.
anybody will help you. call mommy. >> joining me now on the phone is holly. >> don. this is what it's all about, my friend. >> yeah. >> this is what it's all about. >> she is on the phone with them now and she said that she is going to call us whenever she gets a minute. you can certainly understand that she is taking other own sweet time with the boys. what happened? >> oh, yes, well, you know, her boys are really smart. they are intelligent. they are with a father who loves them, don, and she was very clear about that. but she misses them and it's time for them to come home and so either they saw the program or their dad saw the program and allowed them to phone home, we don't know all the details but we do know that they are alive and well. and they are talking to their sweet mother right now who has been missing them so much these last couple of days. so once she has the opportunity to tell them meryy christmas and
she loves them and happy birthday. this is a little one's eighth birthday, can you imagine a better birthday present, don? >> holly, you have been involved with this family, you helped the mother get on our program. and i'm sorry. i can't help it. >> i know. >> it's so amazing. it's christmas time, you could feel her in the studio. you were sitting here, she was in so much pain, clutching the teddy bears and you know, it's so interesting, holly, yesterday discussing whether or not to do the story, because we are a national news organization and we said it's an amber alert, and we started to discuss it and say, you know what? no, let's put the story on television. >> because they could be anywhere. and we know, like i said, we know that they were seen in the walmart in tennessee, so they have gone from georgia to tennessee, they could be anywhere and now we are hearing they are in texas. and don, what a wonderful holiday surprise for those of us
in the media who normally report on the saddened of things to be able to use our vehicle, our media for a positive thing to bring these little boys back to their mom so she can hear their voice and wish them happy birthday. i mean, that has to be what we do in a very positive way. so this is wonderful news. wonderful. and i'm just thrilled to have been able to be a part of it and help get that reout there and reunite the little boys and hopefully she can hug them soon and not just talk to them on the phone. >> holly, thanks for helping us get in contact with her and thank you for sharing the story with the viewers. appreciate it. >> my pleasure. my pleasure. thank you for covering it, don. >> keep us updated. >> we will. absolutely. those little boys are fans of yours, by the way, don lemon, they know who you are. when they come home, they want to meet you and get a
autographed picture. >> holly, i cannot take anymore, thank you, thank you. we will be right back. ♪ everybody well don't you know it's me now? ♪ ♪ yeah who's it, who's it huh? ♪ ♪ willy's back with a brand new beat now, ♪ ♪ yeah doin' it doin' it up! ♪ heyyy yeah, tryin' to bite my style! ♪ ♪ heyyy yeah, how you like me now? ♪ ♪ na na na na na na na na ♪ and everybody go uh!
>> heart breaking news for hundreds of americans trying to adopt russian children. the brakes have been put on any current or future adoptions. many of the families were in the middle of the process. and the kids will be staying in russia. the ban is considered a pay back of sorts for an american law passed two weeks ago, that law puts financial restrictions of russians accused of human rights violations and bans them from coming to the u.s. well the
state department said that there were 970 adoptions last year. china and ethiopia had more. and a little more than 1700 from ethiopia, a big reason americans adopt from other countries is the amount of children available. i will bring in the adoptive parents of a russian child, and was planning to adopt a second child from russia. kurt and ann, sorry i'm emotional right now. >> we understand. >> how far did you go in the adoption process? >> well, for this one, we have been working on it for about a year, and we were waiting for our invitation to travel over to be matched with a child. >> and? >> now, it looks like it's coming to a screeching halt? >> and i said you want your little nugget and you said you want your second one. right? >> yeah, we have one at home, we
had such a great experience with our first russian adoption. we were in st. petersburg and the process was about nine months from the start of paperwork and the paperwork is tremendous. it really is. the parents go through a lot, from the fingerprinting to the background checks to local russian requirements, so, it's just a great process. and we were hopeful to do it again. >> how did you feel when you heard about this ban? i mean, obviously it was crushing. >> it is. >> and it came out of nowhere, literally we got a warning from the agency on the 17th or 18th that there were rumors going around that this ban may be put through. but in ten days it passes. we had no idea it was going to fly through like that. >> so what are the russian officials telling you, kurt? >> i have been in contact with the u.s. senator and he has been in contact with state, we are seeing if there's any way that through the russian and american adoption agreement that was ratified on november 1st, that
if there's any way that the 1500 families that are in process of adoption at present can be cleared through. even though the russians have put in place the ban effective jan 1st, we are hoping the implementation of the law will provide us and other families the ability to finish the process. >> this is a quote, the russian's government politically motivated decision will reviews adoption poblg it is for children who are now under institutional care. we are further concerned about statements that adoptions already underway may be stopped and hope that the russian government would with allow those children who have already met and bonded with their furp parent to finish the necessary legal procedures so they can join their families. so, you are hearing from the u.s. officials but not much? >> i don't know that they have gotten through with the rsh an officials figuring out how they are going to implement the law yet. it's so new still.
maybe in the next week or two. >> who surfa-- who suffers here? >> even, we may have to step back and say, okay, that is -- so much for that dream. but the families who have already met the kids and held them and created bedrooms and collected toys, i don't understand how they can be put through that kind of a nightmare and our hearts go out to them. and the children raised in institutions, it's just not the same as having a mom and dad or even just a mom or a dad. no matter how your family is built. having that secure, stable environment. >> what do you say to pew tin? -- putin? >> i would say we ha've complie we have been visited by social
workers, we send pictures, they get to russia. and he is a healthy, happy boy. we are ordinary adoptive parents that represent 60,000 other couples that have brought home kids from russia. we are hopeful that president putin as a father, he will realize that anyone in process, give these people their babies. >> will you keep us updated? >> we will. >> thank you so much. okay, coming up, many in los angeles were relieved to get some guns off the street during a gun buyback, but did anyone expect this? rocket launchers? launchers, not one but two, that and next. who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to quickly calculate your mortgage payment based on today's incredibly low interest rates... right from your iphone or android smartphone. one more way quicken loans
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held a gun buyback this week, there were plenty of handguns and assault rifles, but those were not the real eye openers, look at the weapons that stunned even veteran police officers. >> a rocket launcher, not just one by two handed over to police in the buy back day. shocking? not to police who have seen it before. among the roughly 10,000 guns turned into the police by the citizens of los angeles since 2009. >> we look like we are a third world nation when you seize all the weapons from individuals and the question you have to ask is why. >> these rocket launchers were turned over to police under the new questions asked byeback, they had no rockets in them. police also collected 75 assault rifles that people traded in this week for gift cards. >> i don't think that anyone should be surprised two rocket launchers should be turned in. this is l.a. >> l.a. and much of america said
aaron cohen. he said this should be a reality check. he said, and a sign of how military style weaponry can so easily end up in the wrong happeneds like they did in the newtown massacre. >> the type of weapons that were brought in, the 75 assault rifles and the two rocket launchers, it's ridiculous. >> you think it's out of hand? >> i you think that the suspect of issuing them has gotten out of hand. and i think we have, again, have to look at the entire safety system involved with giving handguns out. >> gun shows and easy background checks, cohen said that adds you up to an overly armed america. the people who turned in guns, most of them legal came from all walks of life. >> i have grandchildren and kno matter how secure you think your gun is, you see what can happen, i decided to turn it in.
>> where did the rocket launcher come from? the l.a.p.d. said it does not know, and it doesn't ask which is why the program is success canful. and why people are willing to turn in things like rocket launchers. cnn los angeles. just about not quite but half past the hour, let's look at the headlines. lawmakers on capitol hill are trying to put the brakes on before we with fly over the fiscal cliff. democrats and republicans are working towards a compromise, on friday, president obama said he was optimistic, but still no deal and the deadline is three days away. george h. w. bush, out of intensive care and in a regular room at a houston hospital. the 88-year-old has been in the hospital for more than a month, he was admitted for bronchitis and has been battling a fever lately. mr. bush is said to be in good spirits singing with doctors and
nurses. he got a phone call from the oakridge boys who sang "amazing grace." in syria, an alarming number of people died outside the city of homs, syrian forces won a battle for control there and people were executed. in all, across the country, more than 380 people were killed today in fighting, bombings and air strikes. a russian airliner slid off of a run way and smashed into a highway outside of moscow today, 4 of the 8 crew members were killed as the plane splintered into three pieces no passengers on board and no one on the highway was injured. the jet, about as big as a 757 was run by the russian airliner, red wings and was landing when it over shot the run way. we are just getting information about a small plane crash in san diego county, california, all three people on the craft are believed to be dead. a hiker first reported the crash and now federal investigators
are there, the area where it went down is fairly remote. the plane was a homemade one from a kit. it's white knuckle time in washington. we could go flying over the fiscal cliff in three days. and to find a solution, lawmakers have to do the thing they seem to hate most. they have to compromise. we are tracking negotiations. >> don, the stakes are very high, and i think leaders are paying close attention to. that even the weather was different. a beautiful snowfall hit the capitol this morning the. that is what the weather was like as mitch mcconnell came to work in trying to reach a deal. if you cannot forge a deal with democrats, here is what is at stake. let's look first of all at what is involved in talks. at the top of the list, tax rates, if we go over the fiscal cliff, tax rates will go up 9-33% for most all americans. now, that would also mean havoc
for payroll companies and the irs that have to struggle how to handle withholding starting on january 1st and unemployment benefits. those ran out today. so that is something that republicans and democrats we understand are talking about right now. so, what else is at stake in the fiscal cliff? let's look at the other issues, things that we are not sure will be in a deal that comes out this week. at the top of the list, government spending cuts that is 8-10% in cuts to every federal agency. and a pay cut for medicare doctors of 27% that would hit after january 1st and finally, don, there's a slew of other tax hikes. the minimum tax and the estate tax. that is everything that would hit average americans. the fiscal cliff, it may be bigger than people realize. don? >> lisa, thank you very much. a lot of us would like to tell lawmakers what we think of them. here is your chance right now,
go to our ireport.com and start a message and we will play them to congress on air. it's murder charges now for a new york city woman who we are told has confessed to pushing a man in the subway track to his death. these details are new and we are still gathering information. there is david, he is in new york. david, what has this woman confessed? >> she seems to have confessed to a hate crime, don, she has been charged with second degree murder in the case of this man who was pushed off the subway platform in queens on thursday. and the queens district attorney's office released this statement. it was a quote from her saying i pushed a muslim off the tracks, ever since they put down the twin towers i've been beating them up. this adds a twist to the case that riled new york.
this is the second incident that has occurred at subway tracks in which somebody was killed and put to their death underneath the cars in the last month. the past one happened in the beginning part of the month in times square. that individual was charged, it seems we now have a second person just in the month of december, and this time they are being charged with a hate crime. don? >> and you know, david, i am in new york off and on, between here and i'm afraid to go close to the tracks now. most people look to see if the train is coming. new yorkers are not doing that so much these days, are they? >> well, there's a yellow line, as you know, that is in front of the tracks. and you know, when that train comes, there's the few people that look over and see when the train is coming. in a city of 8 million people and so many of those people take the subways every day, when you have two deaths by someone who pushed them, it creates a sense
of fear and anxiety of those people using the subway system. that this could really occur out of nowhere and then, you know, there was no indication of any interaction between the two individuals, prior to this incident. this woman was sitting down. rushed over and pushed this man into the tracks just as the train approached and then left. and the fact that there was no altercation, or any incident of any fight or disturbance, really raises questions and raises anxieties in people who take the subway every day. >> thank you, david, appreciate it. you know that classic holiday song, baby it's cold outside? that is pretty much describing the weather across the country right now and it's getting worse. on the second official day of winter another winter mix is making its way up the east coast. meteorologist bonnie schneider tells us what to look out for. bonnie? >> hi, don, we are watching for a big snow maker across parts of southeastern massachusetts and into rhode island, today and tonight, earlier this morning the snow came down heavy and
hard in washington, d.c., briefly. we saw big white fluffy flakes outside of the white house and the capitol and we saw the snow move into new york city in the early afternoon hours. the snow was pretty on saturday, but as we move into the evening hours of tonight, of course we are looking at the snow to even accumulate more, and for areas in the northeast, this is going to be heavy snow and substantial. now, the latest models are taking us to a foot in parts of connecticut and rhode island. so this is going to be plowable, shovelable snow early in the morning as this low pressure center works its way up across new england. it is getting closer to the coast than the original path indicated, because of the westward track we are looking for heavier bands of snow as far north as coastal maine, you are likely to see accumulations of up to a foot of snow by sunday morning. tracking the low, one of the things it will do is bomb out and what that means is as it's off shore, the low pressure center will deepen and strengthen tonight, that will
enhance the winds and increase the snowfall rates. meaning tonight into parts of massachusetts, you will be seeing the snow come down one to two inches per hour. that will limit visibility and make travel treacherous to the overnight and early morning hours. by the time we get to sunday morning, the snow moves off the coast of maine. we will see the heavy snow with on the border of canada. it's looking to be a short storm, but a big burst of snow. right in the region, south of boston. it's a good idea to stay inside tonight, build a fire and let the storm pass. don? >> all right, thank you, bonnie. good advice. it was a year that put houstony-boo-boo on -- honey boo-boo on tv.
>> it started with a kiss between new york city mayor michael bloomburg and lady gaga and ended with binders full of women. we are talking about the most memorable or unusual moments of 2012, what better way to look back than by bringing in a favorite comedian ben. a lot of topics, thank you for coming in. >> thank you for is having me. >> that is a nice ipad mini, can i get one? >> i got it from chelsea
handler. >> what stood out to you? >> with bloomburg and gaga making out, no wonder thought the end of the world was coming. and pink slime, and filled with ammonia. and it still did not kill all the e. coli in it. so it was a bonus that they threw in. very weird, and lance armstrong of course he was cheating and giving his whole team blood transfusions during hotel rooms and with races. lance is a vampire, and women love vampires so that is probably why he got sherrill crow. i mean it was the wierdest year possible. and occupy wall street, until honey boo-bo came along. >> i do not get it.
>> she is a train wreck. there's less issues involved, you do not have to know anything about politics to follow boo-boo. >> and she is making money for her family, and they will do well because of her. >> her mom is eating most of it. >> it was a big political year. on both sides of the aisle. not a couple, do you remember when the primaries, we have all the republican candidates in there from herman cain to michelle balkman to rick perry. >> and perry did not remember any of his policies whatsoever, that hurt him. then got down to the two of them and romney was the first candidate taken down by technology. >> yeah. >> hidden camera video captures him saying he does not care about the half of the country and it's not his job to be
concern concerned about them, he was on unconcerned that he did not care that there were part of the 47% in the room. >> honey boo and jersey shore were at the top of the lift. >> jersey shore had to be cancelled by mtv because actual stories in politics were far sexier. cia, sex scandal, secret service, prostitutes in columbia, they hung it up with the jersey shore. and. >> snooki is a mom, when the show first started that is a thing that you never thought would happen. >> no, i'm not a mother, i don't know why i said a mother, i'm not a father either. i'm a responsible adult, snooki was getting wild drunk a month before getting pregnant.
>> the end of the world didn't happen. >> no, i was disappointed. i called last week on earth and i was gambling that the world would end. it's a weird thing when people were hoping that the world was going to end. they were like do you want to go to the end of the world party and i was like no, itrying to hope it does not end. >> it's our fault that everyone knows about these things. it's not like politics was that much different this year. donald trump tries to compete with the reality show nonsense, he has big news, right before the election and we are like what? he is like well, it's not big news, i will give the president lots of money if he shows us the
college transcript. makes no sense. i cannot prove he was born here, but you will agree that he did not do well in studioeys. >> can you do his hair? >> can i get makeup to make me orange and look like a racoon expired on top of my head. >> you are done. good seeing you. >> happy new year to you. since i've lost weight i have so much more energy than i used to, when i'm out with my kids, my daughter's like, "mom, wait up!" and i'm thinking, "shouldn't you have more energy than me? you're, like, eight!"
>> overseas a group of men that were charged with a brutal rape of a woman, have now been charged with murder. people all over the country are demanding justice and action. >> her identity is a secret but the indian public has given her a name, brave heart and thousands of people across the country are taking to the streets to mark this young girl's death. >> we are speechless about what happened with the girl. >> her brutal gang rape has shaken india and triggered an out pouring of anger and grief. anger that the system hasletts its women down. they say, delhi is not a safe place for women. >> common people like us have come out, who do not normally go out to protest.
we feel strongly, we feel we are not safe, nobody is safe in the city anymore and we do not see the government thinking it's an issue. safety is the first thing you a sure to a citizen. >> this is not the first time a rape case has been reported, but it has become a lightening rod with india. the protesters say enough is enough. >> the brew tality of this crime, and the way it has been handled, the kind of insensitive treatment that some of the at the same times that the politicians and the people have made, ensure that not only me, but everyone has come out to see that this is not done. and we are not okay with this. they want to see the government take concrete steps dress the concerns. -- to address the concerns. >> you need to have special
courts when it's not open to the public, i think that is still a provision, but you need to have more courts and better hearings and stronger systems. it's no longer about one girl or one particular rape case. it's about india's attitude toward its women and about making sure that brave heart did not die in vain. >> a 26-year-old marine is going to brave the elements, climb a mountain in what is called the home of the world's worst weather. and he will do it with one leg. he talks to me next. ♪ everybody well don't you know it's me now? ♪ ♪ yeah who's it, who's it huh? ♪ ♪ willy's back with a brand new beat now, ♪ ♪ yeah doin' it doin' it up! ♪ heyyy yeah, tryin' to bite my style! ♪ ♪ heyyy yeah, how you like me now? ♪ ♪ na na na na na na na na ♪ and everybody go uh!
so locals call it the home of the world's worst weather -- mount washington, new hampshire. this man is going to climb the steepest, most treacherous route. he lost his left leg after an ied blast in iraq. shrapnel ripped through the muscle, nerve and bone of his left leg and he suffered a traumatic brain injury. he needed six surgery to be stabilize and he was told he would never walk again without a cane. well a lot of what they said about you didn't necessarily happen. before we talk about what you're going to do, thank you for your service. we appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> we were talking, you know, i've been able to become good friends with a wounded warrior from the wounded warrior
project, dan evans. and went on a bit of a surfing trip with him in hawaii. it's amazing. wounded warriors don't want people to feel sorry for them. >> no, absolutely not. you know, the way i see it is that someone's always got it 10 times worse than me, you know? i feel with that attitude, it makes you not feel sorry for yourself. i'm lucky and i'm grateful for having this opportunity again. >> is this a catalyst for you to be bowler and do and try things like this? >> yeah, i think so. that's one of the reasons why we chose mount washington for our first climb is, you know, there's a lot of unknown. you know, that factor is one of the ones that we never know, you know? and i feel it has made me a lot bolder, the injury. and overcoming on stack. le s. that's one of the things we hope to accomplish during this climb,
as well as the main thing is to raise money for the special operations warrior foundation. >> special operations warrior foundation, is that a dot-com is there a website? >> you can donate directly to them through the website, asenseofhonor.org. that's our website where you can follow the climbs and such. >> have you seen the weather conditions. have you scared? weather conditions are wind chill of 25 below. >> you know, that's one of the things that makes this climb unique is that it's in our own backyard, inexpensive, but at the same point, the elements could work out for us or they could be extremely harsh. i think that's one of the things the military prepares you for, you know, when things get really difficult, you know, that's the time where you have to turn it on and overcome. and i think that's one of the biggest things for mount washington that drew us to that for our first climb. >> why take on this challenge? why do this?
>> because, you know, climbing itself has given me an outlet. you know, coming out of the military, i missed it terribly and having a sense of purpose, which i think that is the biggest thing. through these climbs, i can have that sense of purpose. i can help my friends who are no longer with us. the ones who are still joo you ared, who are still dealing very hardly and rehabilitating themselves. through the special operations warrior foundation, we can give back and inspire and, you know, help out the children of these fallen special operations personnel. >> tell people a little bit about your trek. includes 700 feet vertical ice climbing with axes. it's not the first challenge that you've taken since you lost your leg. and i want to know what's next for you? what are you going to do next? >> well, floug this, we're going to do a series of climbs.
for me, i would like to go with this as far as i can and raise as much money, you know, as possible. but i think our next big winter climb next year will be in ecuador. but i know for me, i would like to do denali in alaska. so there's a couple of big mountains that we're looking to do. and keep inspiring and raising money for this great foundation. >> keith, you're amazing, you're a hero, a wounded warrior. obviously you're a hero. happy holidays, happy new year's to you. >> it was the oddest story of 2012, the lengths one man went to to have a little bit more than the memory of his late beloved bet. next. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly.
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